Give me a blank canvas and we’ll create something magical, whimsical, colorful. Something full of light and personality .. laughter and motion. A Houston- or Kansas City-based Tween photography session that showcases your big kid and their unique style.
I’ve been photographing this beautiful girl every year for the past four years. And each year, I look forward to planning her session (we usually start with an amazing outfit and everything else falls into place based on colors and style). I can’t wait to see how she’s grown and hear all about her latest “loves” and activities. In my head, the creative challenge is changing things up so that each year is unique in its own way with regard to session styling. But the progression of years – these “in between” years in particular – has a much bigger significance than simply outfits, locations and colors. For her family, we’re capturing the milestone changes, big and small. For example, this was our first session together in what is still one of my all-time favorite sunflower sessions. And here are some favorites from her session in 2013 (that I sadly never got around to blogging – chalk it up to selling a house and buying a house around the same time!)
Which brings me to this year’s wildly colorful fall session and how I love photographing the older “kids” just as much as the tiniest of newborns. Whether it’s gorgeous maternity photography or beautiful, sleepy newborn images or those first toothless holidays, we often make professional photography more of a priority during the first six years of our children’s lives, then something happens. Maybe the chaos of life intervenes, maybe annual school pictures are “good enough,” or maybe the misperceived awkwardness of the preteen years overwhelms us with its hallmark events: braces, ever-evolving personal style (which may be very different from our own or the cute hats and bows from early childhood) and that not-quite-a-child-not-quite-a-young adult gangliness. I’m not entirely certain why, but there’s often a huge gap between the professional photographs we commission those first six years and the ones we commission for our high school seniors.
I encourage everyone with boys and girls in the grade school/middle school years to celebrate these years with custom photography sessions, if not annually, then at least every few years. You’d be surprised how into it your child will be and how special it makes them feel to have their own styled session. For clothing inspiration, you can look to several sites, including:
And some more of my favorites from her fall 2014 session: